Psychotherapy Services in North York
Individual psychotherapy is offered by registered professionals such as psychotherapists and social workers. The process involves building self-knowledge, improving emotional awareness, diminishing limiting beliefs and developing coping resources.
What does Psychotherapy help with?
Individuals suffering from one of the following psychiatric diagnoses definitely benefit from psychotherapy. Often treatment is combined with drug therapy as prescribed by a physician, or an alternative approach by a Holistic practitioner. Psychotherapy is particularly useful in helping individuals understand what their diagnosis is, learn how to manage their symptoms and learn how to avoid triggers that bring about acute episodes.
- Drug Addiction
- Bipolar Disorder
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Panic Disorder
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Often individuals come to therapy because they are struggling with a variety of different psychological issues. These can be caused by their current life circumstances, personality style, relationships or vocation. Psychotherapy is very useful in working through these issues and provides the opportunity for individuals to really progress forward in learning new habits and coping skills. Examples of such issues include, but are not limited to;
- Caregiver Stress
- Chronic Illness/Pain
- Low Self-Esteem
- Stress & Burnout
Some of the Approaches We Use Include:
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
The process of CBT allows one to see the connection between his or her thoughts, feelings, environment and behaviour. Automatic negative thoughts are challenged and new alternative balanced thoughts are created. This type of therapy has been shown to be particularly effective for those suffering from depression, anxiety, PTSD and eating disorders. For those suffering from depression the process will also include behavioural activation, and for those suffering from anxiety the process will also include exposure therapy.
- Mindfulness Meditation
Before working on personal challenges it’s important for individuals to cultivate an appreciation for the present moment, and to learn how to focus their attention. Many therapists bring these practices to psychotherapy sessions and it can be helpful to bring down the stress response, but also important in teaching clients independent coping skills.
- Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
Born out of CBT, DBT goes deeper into teaching mindfulness skills, emotional regulation skills and interpersonal effectiveness. Often therapy is combined with a psychoeducation series for maximum effect. DBT has shown promising results in helping individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder and Binge Eating Disorders as well as various other psychological issues.
- Motivational Interviewing
This is a style of communication that allows therapists to guide clients in their own journey of self-discovery. By asking open-ended questions, providing affirmations and summary of conversations, therapists are able to get a more in depth understanding of what the client is struggling with and thus better be able to guide the client through the correct interventions.
- Solution Focused Therapy
Rather than focusing on a client’s current symptoms, the solution focused approach places focus on what steps the client can take to create the changes they are looking for in their life. These goals are developed by unveiling times in the client’s life that they have previously, even if only in some respect, embodied their desired experience and then focus on making a plan to further develop those skills.
- Strengths Based Therapy
The premise in strength based therapy is to positively building one’s sense of self. It focuses on aspects of the person’s identity, and ways of being that have previously facilitated adaptive coping and relationships. This approach is usually based on aspects of positive psychology and wellness. Making meaning, finding purpose and renewing hope are often underlying tasks in strength based work.
- Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT)
EFT is both an approach and style of therapy that focuses on interpersonal relationships. Humans thrive when they have connection and intimacy. Dr. Sue Johnson author of “Hold me Tight” and originator of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT) says: “When people feel loved they are feeder, more alive and more powerful then they ever imagined”. This is type of therapy although extremely powerful in couples work, is very much transferable to individual counselling and is sometimes called Emotional Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT).
What does Psychotherapy treatment involve?
Sessions are held in person or virtually. They are 1 hour in length and allow time for exploration of issues and time to work through solutions. Each person requires a unique approach depending on what he or she is struggling with. Some individuals can benefit from one brief session, others may need a few weeks and some do need therapy long term lasting over a year.
Who offers this service?
Michal Goldstein, MSW RSW
- Michal has expertise in working with both couples and individuals. She focuses on relationship challenges; whether that be between spouses, parents/children, caregivers/care recipients. She also helps clients address the emotional impact of major or traumatic life events. Michal brings a straightforward yet compassionate approach that empowers self-efficacy.
Leah Weisberg, RN BScN BC-NC
Nurse Psychotherapist & Coach
- Leah is Certified as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and focuses on treating individuals with a variety of mood and anxiety disorders. She includes mindfulness meditation, as well as a strengths based approach, in her sessions and strives to arm her clients with all the coping skills they need to live independent lives. Leah also provides health coaching in sessions, focusing on lifestyle changes that enable mental wellness.
Steven Gestetner, RP
- Steven has trained extensively in Emotion Focused Therapy and Internal Family Systems, and provides psychotherapy that focuses on the felt sense and internal dialogue in a client’s body. His work focuses on conflict in relationships and trauma history..
Lauren Kalvari, MSW RSW
- Lauren has decades of experience working with both couples, individuals and families and takes a compassion focused and strengths based approach to helping clients navigate conflict and distress. She is highly intuitive and seeks to deeply understand the layers hidden behind symptoms. She is an advocate of mindfulness based approaches and utilizes this with her clients during sessions.
Shoshana Kulik, MSW RSW
- Shoshana has extensive experience working with individuals with severe and persistent mental illness. She uses an eclectic approach to therapy and has a unique ability to develop strong and lasting bonds with her clients. She also has an extensive background working with couples and focuses on building healthy communication skills.
Each person requires a unique approach to treatment.
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